Recruit Update

Championship season is upon us, including for the recruits.

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
27 GP / 2 G / 12 A / 14 Pts / 54 PIM / +2
Gallacher went pointless in his last game.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
18 GP / 0 G / 2 A / 2 Pts
Hamilton and Salisbury won the NE Prep Championship this past weekend.  Congrats to Mark!  The last player to come to UMass after winning a league trophy with Salisbury was Will Ortiz.

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
49 GP / 3 G /7 A / 10 Pts / 34 PIM
No points for Hetnik recently.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
22 GP / 12 G /18 A /30 Pts
Iovanna had a couple assists as Malden Catholic beat Springfield Cathedral this past weekend in the first of the best of three quarterfinal.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
43 GP / 16 G / 27 A / 43 Pts / 80 PIM / +9
Kravchenko did not play this past weekend.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
58 GP / 23 G / 32 A / 55 Pts / 34 PIM
Playoffs are about to start in the AJHL

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
28 GP / 7 G / 26 A / 33 Pts
Miller’s KUA club was upset in the prep tournament.  He ended the season 34th in scoring among prep seniors.

Maddison Smiley – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
39 GP / 16 G / 20 A / 36 Pts / 98 PIM
Smiley picked up an assist in his last regular season game.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
33 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 18 PIM
Smith did not play this past weekend.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano is on campus for Spring semester.

Brandon Wahlin– F – Austin Bruins (NAHL) – 2013
51 GP / 20 G / 43 A / 63 Pts / 68 PIM
Brandon only had a single assist this past weekend and dropped to 2nd in the league in scoring as a result

Jake Wahlin– F – White Bear Lake Bears (MN HS) – 2015
25 GP / 31 G / 31 A / 62 Pts / 26 PIM
Wahlin and the Bears had their season end in the Section 4A finals this past weekend.

Finally, I want to congratulate Justin DeSorgher.  DeSorgher is a UMass alum, longtime Minuteman hockey fan, former Section Uer, and known FTT reader and commenter.  His attention has been elsewhere this season however as he’s in his first year as the head coach of the Westwood girls hockey team.  So far so good as he has led Westwood into the Division II semifinals as the 11th seed.  Next up they’ll play 2nd seeded Falmouth on Saturday for a trip to the Garden.  Good luck to Justin and Westwood!

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Recruit Update

Here’s the latest on the UMass recruits, with the new commitments included.

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
21 GP / 2 G / 8 A / 10 Pts / 38 PIM / +5
Gallacher had a couple of assists in his most recent game, a 4-3 win over Cedar Rapids

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
7 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
43 GP / 3 G /7 A / 10 Pts / 34 PIM
Hetnik had a goal for the second weekend in a row.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
17 GP / 6 G /11 A /17 Pts
I don’t believe it’s reflected in the stats above, but Iovanna had three assists in his game last night.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
37 GP / 15 G / 22 A / 37 Pts / 74 PIM / +9
Kravchenko did not have any points in his most recent game.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
51 GP / 22 G / 28 A / 50 Pts / 26 PIM
Lee had a hell of a weekend, scoring three goals and grabbing three assists in two games.

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
19 GP / 4 G / 18 A / 22 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Maddison Smiley – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
33 GP / 16 G / 19 A / 35 Pts / 54 PIM
Smiley had three assists in his most recent game.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
32 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 14 PIM
Smith had an assist in his most recent game.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano is on campus for Spring semester.

Brandon Wahlin– F – Austin (NAHL) – 2013
45 GP / 18 G / 39 A / 57 Pts / 66 PIM
Brandon had a goal and an assist this past weekend and continues to lead the NAHL in points.

Jake Wahlin– F – White Bear Lake Bears (MN HS) – 2015
24 GP / 29 G / 30 A / 59 Pts / 22 PIM
Jake scored a goal and assisted on an overtime winner in yesterday’s game.

College Hockey News has UMass at #7 in their Hockey East Power Rankings.

Merrimack Preview; New Recruit Commitments

 

Massachusetts Minutemen 10-12-2 (7-9-1) Hockey East 7th

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#20 Merrimack Warriors 12-10-5 (10-6-2) Hockey East 3rd

It’s unfortunate that UMass must play all three games against Merrimack in the second half of the season because this is a much different team than the one on the ice at the end of 2012.  Going into the season there were a lot of questions of how Merrimack would fare after graduating star goaltender Joe Cannatta.  Early on in the season they didn’t do a good job answers those questions, getting swept by the Alaska teams and having to endure a couple of three game losing streaks.  At the close of 2012 the team was just 6-8-4 and seemed destined for middle of the pack in Hockey East at best.  But in 2013 the Warriors have gone 6-2-1 and now find themselves in 3rd place in the conference.

They’ve won recently thanks to solid defense, holding their opponents to just 1.89 goals per game in the nine games since New Years.  Junior goaltender Sam Marotta has started all but one of those games and is responsible for just one of the losses.  During that time he’s had shutouts over Maine and Lowell.  Marotta currently leads all Hockey East goaltenders with a goals against average of 2.09 and a save percentage of .929.  Of course he has some pretty solid defensemen in front of him in the form of Kyle Bigos, Jordan Heywood, and Tom McCarthy.

Offensively the star has been junior forward Mike Collins who accounts for nearly 1/5th of the team’s total goals with 14.  No one else on the team has more than five.  Overall the Warriors have scored 2.67 goals per game, which puts them at 7th among Hockey East teams.  They have gotten some good contributions from their defense as well as Brendan Ellis has accumulated 10 assists while Heywood is tied for second on the team with five goals.

Due to the snow, UMass got a couple extra days of rest as Friday’s game against Northeastern was rescheduled to later in the month and yesterday’s game was pushed back to today.  Hopefully those extra days will help give UMass the energy and focus needed to win someplace where they haven’t done so in a while.  Lawler Arena has been a house of horrors for the Minutemen in recent years.  They’ve lost their last six games there, including an 11-2 shellacking in 2011.  Their last win in North Andover was March of 2008.  Hopefully that streak ends this afternoon as with their win last night Vermont is again right behind the Minutemen in the standings.

Beer The Triangle
There aren’t a lot of good pregaming options for Merrimack, but with a quality place like The Tap you don’t need many.  I’m looking forward to drinking an appropriately named Snowbound.

For those making the trip, I got this notice in my email:

Tomorrow’s game between #20 Merrimack and UMass-Amherst will begin at 4:00pm at Lawler Arena with KidsFest to begin at 2:30pm in the Volpe Gym.

The Merrimack College staff is continuing to clear snow from campus parking lots but with the massive amounts some lots will undoubtedly lose parking spaces. We encourage you to arrive early and adhere to the direction of campus police for parking instruction in order to arrive at the game on time (doors open @ 3:00pm).

Thank you in advance for your understanding and safe travels to all who will be on the road this weekend.

There doesn’t appear to be any previews up for the game as of now, but Mike McMahon will likely have coverage soon on his blog.

UMass picked up three commitments on Friday.  Two of the newest Minutemen are brothers, Brandon and Jake Wahlin.  Brandon is a 5’8”, 170lb forward currently playing for Austin in the NAHL where he leads the league in total scoring.  Thus far this season he has 18 goals and 39 assists in 45 games.  According to this story on his commitment he also had interest from Lowell, Nebraska-Omaha, and Bemidji State.  It appears that the Minnesota native will be in Amherst this coming fall.  Here are some highlights of his play in previous years:

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While Brandon is due to join the team next year, his brother Jake is pegged to come to Amherst in 2015, the first commitment for that class.  According to the Western College Hockey Blog Jake is rated as the second best sophomore playing Minnesota High School hockey.  He currently has 15 goals and 30 assists in 26 games playing for White Bear Lake.  Wahlin is considered one of the top ‘96 born players in the country.  Overall these look like two great pickups for coach Micheletto, especially the younger Jake whose trajectory is looking pretty bright at this stage of his career.

If White Bear Lake sounds familiar for UMass fans, it should.  Justin Braun’s hockey career started there, went through Amherst, and then of course on to the pros with the San Jose Sharks.

The other commitment came from 6’0”, 180lb defenseman Maddison Smiley.  Smiley is currently teammates with UMass recruit Patrick Lee for the Brooks Bandits in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.  The Bandits are an amazing 47-3-3 on the season.  Smiley puts up a lot of points for a defenseman as he has 16 goals and 19 assists in 33 games this season and recently returned from injury.  Like Lee he earned an invitation to the Team Canada West Camp for the World Junior Challenge.  Here’s the release from the AJHL which includes some quotes from his coach.  And here’s an article about him from last fall.  Smiley is due in Amherst in the fall of 2014.

Recruit Update

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
19 GP / 2 G / 6 A / 8 Pts / 38 PIM / +7
Gallacher didn’t have any points last weekend.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
7 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
41 GP / 2 G /7 A / 9 Pts / 34 PIM
Hetnik had a goal this past weekend that was setup by former Minuteman Andrew Tegeler who is doing well in juniors with four goals and 10 assists in 17 games.  Hetnik did leave the next game though after being hit from behind.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
15 GP / 6 G /11 A /17 Pts

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
36 GP / 15 G / 22 A / 37 Pts / 74 PIM / +12
Kravchenko had a goal and an assist in one of his games this past week.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
49 GP / 19 G / 25 A / 44 Pts / 26 PIM
Lee had a goal and an assist in one of his recent games.

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
19 GP / 4 G / 18 A / 22 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
29 GP / 4 G / 5 A / 9 Pts / 12 PIM
Smith continues to elevate his game as of late, scoring a game winning goal in a game over the South Shore Kings this past weekend.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano is on campus for Spring semester.

Recruit Update; Anderson Makes NHL Debut

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
17 GP / 2 G / 6 A / 8 Pts / 34 PIM / +8
Gallacher didn’t play last weekend.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Hamilton is back playing with the Knights. I hope to have some updated stats soon.

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
39 GP / 1 G /7 A / 8 Pts / 34 PIM
Hetnik had an assist in his most recent game played.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
14 GP / 6 G /9 A /15 Pts
Iovanna continues to average over a point a game.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
33 GP / 14 / 21 A / 35 Pts / 74 PIM / +11
Kravchenko had four assists in two games this past weekend.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
46 GP / 18 G / 24 A / 42 Pts / 20 PIM
Lee had a a couple assists last weekend.

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
15 GP / 4 G / 12 A / 16 Pts
Will update the prep players when I can get my hands on up to date stats.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
26 GP / 3 G / 5 A / 6 Pts / 12 PIM
Smith had two goals in his last three games, including a shorthander.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano will be on campus for Spring semester.

Matt Anderson made his NHL debut tonight as the Devils took on the Bruins and played well in his 6+ minutes of action.  Anderson was the captain of the 2007 Massachusetts team that upset Clarkson in the NCAA tournament.  He’s the third Minuteman to make his NHL debut this season, joining Mike Kostka, a teammate from that 2007 team, and Matt Irwin.  It’s been a long road for Anderson to the NHL, as he makes his first NHL roster at 30 years old.  But it was a tough road for him at UMass where he lost a season and a half to injury.  But all that hard work paid off when he took to the Garden ice tonight.

College Hockey News has UMass at #7 in their Hockey East power rankings.

No UMass players were recognized in this week’s Hockey East release.

Boston University comes into Friday’s game ranked #11 in the country.

Recruit Update

Time for the weekly look at the recruits:

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
17 GP / 2 G / 6 A / 8 Pts / 34 PIM / +8
Gallacher had an assist this past weekend and was a +5 over two games.  He also went the weekend without a penalty.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Hamilton is back playing with the Knights.  I hope to have some updated stats soon.

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
38 GP / 1 G /6 A / 7 Pts / 34 PIM
Hetnik had an assist this past weekend.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
12 GP / 5 G /7 A /12 Pts
Either Iovanna didn’t score in recent games of the Mass HS Hockey site hasn’t updated stats.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
31 GP / 14 / 17 A / 31 Pts / 74 PIM / +8
Kravchenko did not play this past weekend.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
42 GP / 18 G / 22 A / 40 Pts / 18 PIM
Lee had a goal and four assists in his last three games as the Bandits improved to 40-2-2

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
15 GP / 4 G / 12 A / 16 Pts
Here’s an interesting look at KUA where Casey Miller is playing and where Steve Mastalerz played as well.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
23 GP / 1 G / 5 A / 6 Pts / 8 PIM
Smith had a couple assists in a game against the Junior Bruins.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
From all accounts Vatrano will be enrolled in UMass classes for Spring semester.

College Hockey News takes a look at UMass’ big win over the past weekend and what it may mean long term.

Here are a few quotes from Matt Irwin on playing in his first NHL game.  And here’s what defensive partner Dan Boyle had to say.

Mike Kostka, hopefully, will be one of a few AHL All-Stars who will be unable to play as they’re currently on NHL rosters.  Kostka picked up another assist yesterday and is already becoming a fan favorite up in Toronto.

Recruit Update

A lot of substantial recruit news today, so let’s get to it.

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
15 GP / 2 G / 5 A / 7 Pts / 34 PIM / +3
Gallacher had an assist this past weekend.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Hamilton played his first game for Salisbury last night.  Not sure how he did but the big news for Hamilton today is that he was ranked 191st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for their mid-term rankings.  That projects him as a late round draft pick this June.

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
35 GP / 1 G /5 A / 6 Pts / 32 PIM
Hetnik had an assist in his most recent game.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
9 GP / 5 G /7 A /12 Pts
Iovanna had a pretty good week.  First he had part in all of the Lancers’ scoring (G, 3A) in a loss to Catholic Memorial then had a couple goals in a tie over Xaverian.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
31 GP / 14 / 17 A / 31 Pts / 74 PIM / +8
Kravchenko had the game winning goal this past Friday and added an assist too.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
39 GP / 17 G / 18 A / 35 Pts / 18 PIM
Lee had a goal this past weekend.  The Bandits lost another game though and now are only 37-2-2

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
15 GP / 4 G / 12 A / 16 Pts
Thanks to the FTT readers who have sent in prep stats.  Much appreciated from me and other UMass fans who are interested.  Obviously Miller is doing very well averaging over a point a game.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
21 GP / 1 G / 3 A / 4 Pts / 6 PIM
Smith got his first goal of the season, shorthanded, in a 8-3 win over the Apple Core.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano did play in a Jr Bruins game this past weekend, but it sounds likely that he’ll be enrolled at UMass for Spring semester.  He was named to the EJHL All-Star team this week however.

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